Sexual Assault Awareness Month: Wednesday, April 25th Is 'Denim Day'

Apr 24, 2018

'Denim Day' is tomorrow, Wednesday, April 25th.

For 19 years now, a day in April is reserved for 'Denim Day.'  Its origins stem from a case in France in which a rapist was acquitted because the teenaged female agreed removed her own blue jeans in the course of the assault.  The next day, female lawmakers in the French Parliament wore denim to work in a show of solidarity and disgust.  WEMU's David Fair talks with Barbara Niess-May, the executive director of Safehouse Center in Washtenaw County, about where we've come since then and the work that still needs to be done. 

Barbara Niess-May, executive director of SafeHouse Center

To show support for survivors of sexual assault, wear denim on Wednesday, April 25th.  It is Denim Day

SafeHouse Center is hosting a "Speak Out" event Wednesday evening from 6pm-9pm at Cultivate Coffee and Tap House in Ypsilanti.  The event is open to the public.  Survivors will share their stories.  

Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Sexual Assault Survivor's Handbook

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